Appalachian Trail (VA) - Rockfish Gap to Chester Gap (Segment 4) Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail grew up together. Civilian Conservation Corps crews built Skyline Drive on right-of-ways carved by AT trail volunteers. The routes stay within a half mile of each other as they pass through mountain gaps, past old farms and orchards, and over rocky mountaintops.
Iconic images of Shenandoah—autumn foliage, waterfalls, and soaring views off rocky outcrops—foster the idea of a timeless, never-changing park. A few days hiking the AT dispels this notion. Fires, floods, ice-storm damage, invasive insects, and gypsy moth infestation leave their distinctive mark on large areas of the forest in Shenandoah. In these areas, the AT gives hikers a view of the shrubby plants, small trees, wildflowers, and vines that mark early stages of reforestation."